Indian superhero Priya honors front-line health care workers

Cartoon Image of Priya riding her tiger in the sky amid kites (Courtesy of Priya's Shakti)
(Courtesy of Priya's Shakti)

Not all heroes wear capes, but Priya, India’s first female superhero, makes sure everyone wears a mask to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

The popular comic book series Priya recently released a new short film and new book called Priya’s Mask.

Both the comic book and the short film were made with support and funding from the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi.

“This exciting book is both the newest chapter in the Priya series and the latest example of the United States and India working together to confront global health challenges,” said the U.S. Embassy’s North India Office in a statement, “drawing on the deep talents of both of our peoples.”

Comic book page showing Priya, a child and her mother, a nurse working with patients at a hospital (Courtesy of Priya's Shakti)
A page from “Priya’s Mask” (Courtesy of Priya’s Shakti)

The story follows the heroine and her flying tiger, Sahas, as they bring compassion and understanding to a world ravaged by the pandemic.

“It was important to understand the emotional toll the pandemic and isolation has on young people and provide a message of hope in the comic and film,” said India-born, U.S.-based Ram Devineni, one of the creators of Priya’s Mask.

The comic book is free and available for download online and has been translated into nine languages. In addition, the U.S. Embassy in India is developing language teaching materials for the English version to ensure even greater impact.

Animation frame showing mother and daughter on balcony watching Priya flying on tiger past full moon (Courtesy of Priya's Shakti)
A frame from the animation (Courtesy of Priya’s Shakti)